Our darkest moments

Source: Dawn

SEVENTY-ONE deaths in 27 years. According to data collected by Al Jazeera, that is the estimated number of people killed in violence connected to blasphemy allegations. It includes the 12-year-old who lost his life in the town of Hub on Thursday, after a mob resorted to aerial firing in their hunt for a citizen, from a minority community, accused of blasphemy. It includes Mashal Khan, beaten, stomped, and shot to death by some of his own peers at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan last month.

These are just some of the recent events where lives were lost and the media’s gaze stuck around for more than a few days at a stretch. Between them lie many other incidents from which those accused still languish in prison, or where injuries were caused, people were forced to relocate, and only their homes, and not their bodies, were burnt down. The increasing frequency of such acts can be gauged by the fact that literally days after Mashal Khan’s lynching, a mob assembled in Chitral baying for the blood of another accused.

There are facets common to these incidents: Greed for property, money, or social status trigger accusations, while the deeply held religious beliefs of ordinary people take centre stage to deliver ‘justice’.

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  1. YES THIS IS OUR DARKEST MOMENT OF ISLAM. WE HAVE TO ADMIT THAT..AS WE SEE MUSLIMS ARE KILLING OTHER MUSLIM—ARAB ARE KILLING OTHER ARAB BROTHERS……IS IT ISLAMIC TEACHING THERE?

    THE FRUIT OF CENTURIES OF HATE TEACHING, BLAMING EACH OTHER IS COMING TO FRUITION.

    I strongly believe based on God’s words, that as long as Muslim Scholars or leaders (Sunni and Shia) keep hating, judging each other, there is no a permanent peace in Muslim communities from Indonesia to Nigeria.

    This is what happening in Middle East years and years.The fruit of centuries of hate teaching is coming to fruition. Millions innocent people have been suffering, displacing and killed, I am very sad,pity and heartbreaking,

    Muslim scholars from both side should learn from the conflict between Catholic and protestant 700 years ago. NOW both sects of Christian can live in peace, harmony and dignity. The main key is that both sects have to accept the differences of faith and respect and love each other–
    Let God judge people faith.—It’s not for us to judge another man’s beliefs.

    Love is the seed of peace and happiness, but hatred is the seed of the darkness and violence.

    READ MORE; ILOVEMODRENISLAM

    Was Salam With lov

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